Wanted - 73-74 Gran Sport 455 with floor shift

Discussion in 'Cars wanted' started by mdh157, May 11, 2020.

  1. mdh157

    mdh157 Active Member

    No cars needing resto please, i am sick of dealing with rust. Must have title in your name. Will consider a column shift only if a 3 on the tree (not even sure if one exists).
     
  2. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I just saw what seemed like a really nice original rust-free '74 455 car for sale (Green/white no vinyl top IIRC) - I thought the link was on here in the leads section but I don't see it there.
     
  3. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 475 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    Here you go there's one on eBay green original paint. IMG_4023.PNG IMG_4024.PNG IMG_4025.PNG IMG_4026.PNG IMG_4027.PNG IMG_4028.PNG
     
  4. docgsx

    docgsx It's not a GTX

    Fernando has the most beautiful one of these I have ever seen, pretty sure it’s a stage one as well, but I don’t think he’ll sell it.

    if he does decide to sell, he knows I’m first in line! And that goes for all of his cars!
     
  5. mdh157

    mdh157 Active Member

    That green one is really nice but way out of my price range. I should also say one not too nice to drive.
     
  6. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 475 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    I hear you on that, I don't think it'll be sold anytime soon at that price unfortunately.
     
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  7. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Thanks Frank - That's the one I was thinking of. Forgot I'd gone on there recently. Was driving me nuts trying to remember where I'd seen it!
     
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  8. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 475 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    I figured that was the one you were thinking about been for sale for a while on eBay, it's the only green one I know of that is a clean car.
     
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  9. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Well there aren't too many clean '73-74's aroubd period. I'd forgotten how much they wanted for it. Even if it were a Stage 1 that'd be strong $. There was that blue (?) Stage 1 4-sp. @ Mecum a while back and I think it went in the $30's. I'd love to have a '73-74 someday but it'd have to a super nice orig. that needed minimal work/parts (especially rust) or a really nicely done car. I can't imagine restoring one.
     
  10. thebuick

    thebuick Well-Known Member

    I know of one in Mass where are you located ?
     
  11. mdh157

    mdh157 Active Member

    South Central Pennsylvania
     
  12. thebuick

    thebuick Well-Known Member

    ok not close to Mass Do you have a number for me to pass on to the guy I know ?
     
  13. mdh157

    mdh157 Active Member

    PM Sent
     
  14. alvareracing

    alvareracing Well-Known Member

    Darren, thank you for the kind words. They will probably bury me in that turd. I have had that darn car for 44 years, holy crap where has time gone. A true stage 4 speed.
    Fernando
     
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  15. Luxus

    Luxus Gold Level Contributor

  16. mdh157

    mdh157 Active Member

    Opinions of this car, anyone? And yes, I know the bench seat hurts.

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    1974 Buick Century Gran Sport Stage 1 455. 117K original miles. One of 478 Stage 1 455s made in the final year of production.

    Although I intended to keep this rare gem indefinitely, I have to be realistic and realize I don’t have the time and funding to restore two classic Buicks. My first car, a 1969 Buick GS Colorado, is my first priority and I need the funding to get the car painted. I’d rather not follow my fathers example and still be waiting to finish his first car at 55 years old.

    I bought the car from the original owner two years ago. Bench seat equipped with the optional Luxus Interior Package. Air conditioning, power windows and power locks. Car has spent its entire lift in Missouri. It's very solid and complete with a numbers matching drivetrain, TH400 trans and 3.42 Posi. Everything on the car is original save for a brand new rear package tray that I installed. The car will come with the original window sticker, build sheet, dealership brochures and other documentation when sold new.

    Since buying the car, I spent the better part of two weeks carefully removing a lot of the interior to do a deep cleaning. All vinyl and leather surfaces have been reconditioned. The interior is legitimately time capsule fresh. Gorgeous seats, carpet, headliner, OEM floor mats and door panels. There is a small crack in the dash on the passenger side as you can see, but the interior of this car is otherwise showroom and wouldn’t need any attention at all.

    The engine will turn over and run, but it spun a rod bearing and knocks. I was planning for a full rebuild, and would recommend you do the same on a numbers matching Stage 1 engine. Very very little rust anywhere. Floors are perfect. Trunk floor is perfect, fenders and rockers and quarters are very nice. See pictures. At one point, the previous owner backed into the car in his driveway, which accounts for the dent in the drivers door. I’m quite sure a good body man could repair it, and it’s probably worth it, as there is zero rust on these doors.

    Also included with the sale of this car is an additional very nice front cowl panel since the one on the car is dented as you can see. I’ll also include an excellent 1974 GS grille that I purchased separately.

    My father and I are Buick nuts. You’re not buying from a car flipper, but a Buick enthusiast who wants this car to go to somebody like us. And while I know I will likely regret letting go unquestionably the rarest one I’ve owned so far, it’ll be worth it when I can climb back in the drivers seat of my 69 once again for the first time in years. PM for my phone number if you’d like to discuss more about the car in person. Thanks.

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  17. alvareracing

    alvareracing Well-Known Member

    I think it is a decent deal and in pretty good shape from the pics for a 46 year old car. If you could do the restoration with paint job yourself it be worth it. If you have to pay some one for all that expect to have a bunch more in it. To start of, a stock motor done correctly not using junk stock pistons etc is roughly 6K, so the more you can do the better the deal is. I can't tell if it is all black, but if it is, it be one beauty when done. (love black on black). Good luck on your hunt!
    Fernando
     
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  18. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    I saw that when it was posted (would've mentioned it initially but figured it had sold) and thought it was a great car and if I was looking for a '73-74 would've probably jumped on it. AFAIK, buckets were only avail. in white - While I'd definitely prefer a bucket seat/console car, it is pretty unusual to see a '73-74 w/black interior. Little to no rust, Stage 1, Luxus interior, no vinyl top, reasonably priced - What's not to like?
     
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  19. collector

    collector collector

    I believe buckets were only available in white with 73 cars but not 74. My 74 has red buckets
     
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  20. alvareracing

    alvareracing Well-Known Member

    John, love to see it, show us a pic.

    Fernando
     
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